Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

By Big Think / Panoply

We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with hand-picked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. The conversation could go anywhere. SINCE 2008, BIG THINK has captured on video the best ideas of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in every field, renowned experts including neurologist Oliver Sacks, physicist Stephen Hawking, behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, authors Margaret Atwood and Marylinne Robinson, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, painter Chuck Close, and philosopher Daniel Dennett.

  1. 1.
    [SPECIAL] Clever Creature with Jason Gots - Episode 1: DESERT
    40:05
  2. 2.
    235. Neil Gaiman (Jason Plays Favorites #7) – and then it gets darker
    59:16
  3. 3.
    234. Robert MacFarlane (Jason Plays Favorites #7) – deep time rising
    1:04:45
  4. 4.
    233. Terry Gilliam (Jason Plays Favorites #5) – the impossible dream
    53:57
  5. 5.
    232. Anaïs Mitchell (Jason Plays Favorites #4) – sometimes the god speaks through you
    1:01:18
  6. 6.
    231. Marlon James (Jason Plays Favorites #3) – don't get too comfortable
    57:48
  7. 7.
    230. Eve Ensler (Jason Plays Favorites #2) – no way out but through
    1:02:51
  8. 8.
    229. David Sedaris (Jason Plays Favorites #1) – Sir David of the Spotless Roadways
    1:04:56
  1. 9.
    228. Sharon Salzberg (meditation and mindfulness teacher) – on balance
    52:06
  2. 10.
    227. Roz Chast and Patricia Marx (cartoons, words, ukuleles) – The Beatles stole everything from us
    46:01
  3. 11.
    226. Joseph Goldstein (dharma teacher) – doubt comes masquerading as wisdom
    56:24
  4. 12.
    225. Jad Abumrad (Radiolab, Dolly Parton's America) – American Multiverse
    44:54
  5. 13.
    224. Norman Fischer (zen priest, poet) – the only way out of the catastrophe we’re in
    59:12
  6. 14.
    223. Karen Armstrong (theologian) – the art of getting outside of yourself
    53:16
  7. 15.
    222. Deborah Levy (writer) – it's those thoughts that are slightly awkward that need an airing
    46:41
  8. 16.
    221. Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter co-founder) – you, me, us: now and in the future
    1:01:46
  9. 17.
    220. Elif Shafak (writer) – the cemetery of the companionless
    1:00:09
  10. 18.
    219. Reginald Dwayne Betts (poet) – nothing to resurrect after prison
    1:04:16
  11. 19.
    218. Bill Bryson (writer) – the most extraordinary machine
    53:21
  12. 20.
    217. Ibram X. Kendi (author, activist) – Antiracism 101
    49:22
  13. 21.
    216. Gail Collins (NY Times columnist) – The brief social media life of Glam-ma
    51:32
  14. 22.
    215. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie: the cognitive segregation of America
    46:13
  15. 23.
    214. Liz Plank (journalist) – men, masculinity, and the unfinished conversation
    56:01
  16. 24.
    213. Catherine Wilson (philosopher) – the Epicurean cure for what ails ya
    49:39
  17. 25.
    212. Downton Abbey film director Michael Engler – the best idea in the room
    1:00:36
  18. 26.
    211. Etgar Keret (writer) – a tunnel dug under the prison floor
    54:48
  19. 27.
    210. one night in Istanbul, with chef Musa Dağdeviren
    1:02:04
  20. 28.
    209. a mixtape for 2019
    57:10
  21. 29.
    208. Antonio Damasio (biologist) – this incredibly rich machinery
    39:47
  22. 30.
    207. Lisa Brennan-Jobs (writer) – on growing up without, with, and in spite of her dad
    47:03
  23. 31.
    206. Jenny Odell (artist) – attention as an act of resistance
    51:02
  24. 32.
    205. Jeffrey Israel (religious studies scholar, old friend) – Private hate, public love, and everything in between
    1:06:31
  25. 33.
    204. The Butler Sisters (filmmakers) – identity, intolerance, and change in the American heartland
    53:21
  26. 34.
    203. Elif Shafak (novelist) – The story no one hears
    53:59
  27. 35.
    202. Tracy Edwards, MBE (British sailor) – If you don't like the way the world looks, change it
    51:22
  28. 36.
    201. Chris Moukarbel (WIG and GAGA FIVE FOOT TWO filmmaker) – The closest thing to actual magic
    44:48
  29. 37.
    200. Robert MacFarlane (writer) – deep time rising
    1:03:42
  30. 38.
    199. Lama Rod Owens (RADICAL DHARMA co-author, Buddhist teacher) – the price of the ticket to freedom
    1:09:15
  31. 39.
    198. Barbara Tversky (cognitive psychologist) – World makes mind
    1:02:11
  32. 40.
    197. Eve Ensler (author, activist) – No way out but through
    1:01:12
  33. 41.
    196. Susan Hockfield (MIT president emerita, neuroscientist) – Extraordinary machines
    1:00:36
  34. 42.
    195. Adam Gopnik (essayist) – the rhinoceros of liberalism vs. the unicorns of everything else
    59:39
  35. 43.
    194. Jared Diamond (Historian) – Look inward, Nation
    48:23
  36. 44.
    193. Anaïs Mitchell (HADESTOWN creator, songwriter/singer) – sometimes the god speaks through you
    56:47
  37. 45.
    192. Delphine Minoui (journalist) – Land of paradoxes: the inner and outer Iran
    53:27
  38. 46.
    191. Simon Critchley (philosopher) – the philosophy of tragedy & the tragedy of philosophy
    1:00:53
  39. 47.
    190. Terry Gilliam (filmmaker) - The impossible dream
    50:21
  40. 48.
    189. Ross Kauffman (Oscar-winning filmmaker) – Tigers and the humans who love them
    38:49
  41. 49.
    188. Frans de Waal (primatologist) – You're such a social animal
    52:01
  42. 50.
    187. Aml Ameen (actor) - how the world teaches you who you are
    55:51

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